Television and revolution in Télé-gaucho
by Fabien Lemercier
26/07/2011 - Set up a TV channel in Paris and lead a revolution: these are the motivations of the protagonists of Michel Leclerc’s third feature Télé-gaucho [trailer], which started shooting yesterday.
After his surprise hit
Co-scripted by the director and Thomas Lilti, the film is set in Paris’ 20th arrondissement. Everything begins when camcorders replace cameras. Making TV is now within everyone’s reach.
Jean Lou, Yasmina, Clara Adonis and co don’t just want to set up their own TV channel, most of all they want to lead the revolution. And so Télé-gaucho is born: it is as anarchistic and provocative as the main channels are considered conformist and reactionary.
And there follow five years of complete chaos, of vigorous demos and pirate broadcasting, boozy parties and thwarted loves, neighbourhood sitcoms and punch-ups with the cops, piss-taking and endless political discussions, dramatic splits and pitiful deceit. It is an enchanted interlude.
Produced by Emmanuel Barraux and Agnès Vallée for 31 Juin Films, Télé-gaucho has received co-production support from France 2 Cinéma and pre-acquisitions from Canal + and Ciné+. UGC is expected to distribute the film in theatres and TF1 International to manage international sales.
(Translated from French)